College closes as COVID-19 precaution

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By Luke Voogt

A Covenant College student has come into “direct contact” with a COVID-19 case, principal Sue Cox has confirmed in an email advising parents the school will close tomorrow.

“Today Covenant College was advised of a case of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) that has occurred within the broader school community,” Ms Cox said in the email.

“A student in our community from the Geelong region has had direct contact with a person with COVID-19. However, that student has not been diagnosed as having COVID-19.”

The Bell Post Hill Christian college, which has classes from kindergarten to VCE, would close as a precautionary measure, Ms Cox said.

She said the college would undergo a deep clean and that she had been in contact with the Department of Health and Human Services for the latest advice.

“All staff and students are asked to stay at home and there will be no classes or activities at the school and no remote learning on Tuesday July 28.

“We anticipate a return to regular classes on Wednesday July 29. If there is any change to resuming classes on Wednesday we will send a further update tomorrow afternoon.”

Ms Cox urged any staff, students and parents who develop cold and flu-like symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, a cough or sore throat to get tested.

She also requested them to self-isolate and inform the college as soon as possible.

Ms Cox acknowledged the closure would impact students, families and staff.

“We apologise for this but are being cautious and want our students, staff and families to be as safe as possible,” she said.

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